So I never really understood the whole pumpkin phenomenon but last year I decided to hop on the bandwagon for the sake of exploration (I’m all about exploration!) and I have to admit I still didn’t get it all that much. This year, however, it finally clicked because I made Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Chili.
for the chili:
- 1 can, each, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans (drained)
- 2-3 cups chopped squash/sweet/potato or pumpkin (I used butternut squash)
- 4-5 tomatos, de-seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock, as needed (water works as well)
- 3-4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 4-6 cloves of garlic
- 3 T tomato paste
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T chili powder
- 2 T cinnamon
- 2 t cumin
- 1/2 t allspice and ground cloves
- 1/2 – 1 t chili flakes or cayenne, depending on your love of spicy-ness (I LOVE it)
- sea salt and pepper as desired
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 t apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 t sea salt
- Soak your cashews while the chili cooks.
- In the bottom of the crock pot add the oil, chopped garlic, chopped onion, chopped celery and allow it to sauté in your crock pot* on the low setting.
- Once the vegetables have softened, add all the seasonings and mix well. Allow it to continue to cook this way for about 10 minutes.
- Bring a pot of water to boil and then add the chopped squash/potato/pumpkin. Boil for 5-10 minutes until the color pops but it is not too soft (I did it about 7 minutes). Drain and then toss the cubes into the crock pot.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot and stir. Cover and allow it to cook for 4-6 hours on low.
- Drain the soaked cashews and add all of the listed ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate (it will thicken just a bit).
- Add a spoonful to your chili 🙂
- Chopped green onion
- Avocado slices
|At least three satisfied bellies …|
No crock pot? No problem 🙂 See the note above or invest in one like this one: